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Monday, January 11, 2021

DAILY GK: 8 JAN 2021

 DAILY GK: 8 JAN 2021

1. LASI WAVE-1 REPORT 2020

      Union Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan released the Longitudinal Ageing Study in India (LASI) Wave-1 Report 2020 based on full–scale national.

      It is India’s first and the world’s largest survey providing base for designing national and state level programmes and policies for ageing population in India.

      The information obtained from LASI has covered four domains viz. Health, Health care and Health care financing, Economic, and Social.

      Initiative towards Better Health Care for Elderly People.

      Andhra Pradesh (AP) topped the Measured prevalence (%) of low vision (near and/or distance) among elderly age 60 and above with 66.4%.

      Uttar Pradesh (UP) topped the Prevalence (%) of blindness among elderly age 60 and above.

      Chhattisgarh topped in the prevalence of undernutrition (underweight) among older adults aged 45 and above.

      Chandigarh has maximum prevalence of overnutrition (overweight/obesity) among older adults aged 45 and above.

 

2. REWARI-MADAR FREIGHT CORRIDOR SECTION OF WDFC

      PM Narendra Modi virtually inaugurated the 306-Km long New Rewari in Haryana-New Madar in Rajasthan section of Western Dedicated Freight Corridor (WDFC) & flagged off the World’s 1st Double Stack Long Haul 1.5 Km Container Train hauled by electric traction from Atela in Haryana – Kishangarh in Rajasthan.

      It will ensure interruption free connectivity with the western ports of Kandla, Pipavav, Mundhra, and Dahej in Gujarat.

      Japan International Cooperation Agency is funding WDFC.

 

3. WORLD’S LARGEST FLOATING SOLAR ENERGY PROJECT

      World’s Largest Floating 600 Megawatt (MW) Solar Energy Project which is under construction at Omkareshwar dam on Narmada river in Khandwa district of Madhya Pradesh is set to begin power generation by the year 2022-23.

      The production of electricity will be in about 2000- hectare water areas and the Floating panels will be installed in the backwaters of Omkareshwar dam.

 

4. CDSCO GIVES APPROVAL TO VACCINES OF M/S SII & M/S BHARAT BIOTECH

      The Committee of Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) gave approval to M/s Serum Institute of India(SII), Pune, Maharashtra for  Covishield,  a Recombinant Chimpanzee Adenovirus vector vaccine, it encoded the SARS-CoV-2 Spike (S) glycoprotein with technology transfer from AstraZeneca/Oxford University and to M/s Bharat Biotech for COVAXIN, Whole Virion Inactivated Coronavirus Vaccine for restricted use in India in emergency situations.

 

5. INDIA’S 1ST UCB TO CONVERT INTO SFB

      The Reserve Bank of India(RBI) has issued a scheduled commercial banking license to Shivalik Mercantile Co-operative Bank (SMCB) Ltd to carry on business as a Small Finance Bank(SFB) under its ‘Scheme on voluntary transition of Urban Co-operative Bank(UCB) into a Small Finance Bank’.

      It is the 1st UCB in India to transit to SFB under the scheme.

      SMCB is renamed as Shivalik Small Finance Bank (SSFB).

      The bank expects to commence business as a SFB by April 2021.

 

6. IRDAI’S 3 STANDARD INSURANCE PRODUCTS TO COVER RISK OF FIRED

      Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) has mandated General Insurance Companies to offer 3 standard Insurance Products  namely – Bharat Griha Raksha, Bharat Sookshma Udyam Suraksha & Bharat Laghu Udyam Suraksha to cover risk of fire & allied perils from April 1, 2021.

      The 3 policies will replace the Standard Fire and Special Perils (SFSP) Policy.

      Bharat Griha Raksha (meant for Home Building and Home Contents)

      Bharat Sookshma Udyam Suraksha (meant for enterprises where the total value at risk is upto Rs. 5 Crore)

      Bharat Laghu Udyam Suraksha (meant for enterprises where the total value at risk is more than Rs. 5 Crore and upto Rs. 50 crore).

 

7. COMMITTEE TO PROTECT LANGUAGE, CULTURE OF LADAKH

      Central Government has decided to form a committee to protect the language, culture and land of the Union Territory (UT) of Ladakh.

      The committee will be headed by the Minister of State (MoS) Gangapuram Kishan Reddy and will include elected representatives from Ladakh, members of the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) and ex-officio members representing the Government of India and the Ladakh administration.

 

8. BOOK “RIGHT UNDER YOUR NOSE”

      The book titled ‘Right Under Your Nose’ is authored by Reserve Bank of India(RBI) Manager R Giridharan.

      This is his debut Book. The book is published by Rupa Publications India Pvt Ltd.

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